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Make your own Neon Sign for less than $10

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1119 projects »
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  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by sketching out what you'd like your neon to look like with a marker pen. You could also find a font you like online and print out a design.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 2
    Step 2

    Secure a sheet of clear plastic on top of your template using double sided sticky tape.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 3
    Step 3

    Buy an EL wire long enough to stretch your design. You can get these for a few dollars online in lots of different colours.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 4
    Step 4

    Punch a hole at the start of your design so that you can slip the wire through to the front.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 5
    Step 5

    Bend the wire into the shape of your design and use an awl to pierce two holes into the plastic at the top and bottom of the letter.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut a small length of matching wire and secure the EL Wire in place to the plastic.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 7
    Step 7

    Continue working your way along the designs, bending the EL wire to match the design and then securing in place with then wire.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 8
    Step 8

    More complicated designs can be created by punching extra holes through the plastic and wrapping the EL wire around the back. In this design, I had to do this for the a's and the t.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 9
    Step 9

    Keep going until you've completed the design and then bring the EL wire back through to the back of the plastic.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 10
    Step 10

    Remove the paper template form the back.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 11
    Step 11

    Trim away and excess plastic from the outside of your design.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 12
    Step 12

    Hang on the wall.

  • How to make a decorative light. Diy Neon Sign - Step 13
    Step 13

    Turn off the lights, turn on your neon and prepare to be amazed!

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